I should, once the series ends, collect all the images I’ve taken of Yuki with a shocked and petrified expression and spam them on the final review. So much for ‘manning up’ in these past few episodes. He’s more decisive certainly, but no less of a complete and utter wimp than he ever was. So what’s your favourite version ‘Yuki looking petrified’? The one where he ran down a hill away from Yuno during the dog chase? Or the one where Ghost Yuno stood behind him? He is a man of many facial expressions. Just so happens most of the emotions he experiences over the course of Future Diary are variations on Fear.
I wasn’t particularly keen on the whole piece of philosophical debate between Akise and Deus. I’m not asking for Ghost in the Shell levels of knowledge or anything, but the few occasions Future Diary delved into this territory have generally been pretty well handled. I guess the problem with this scene was there was no over-arching philosophy to how they were approaching Akise’s pre-determined fate. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the whole argument was that everything Akise did was created by Deus. Even his love for Yuki was manufactured by Deus. Therefore every single one of his activities in life were done because Deus willed it to be so. However Akise got over this by creating a separate entity, that being his Future Diary phone, that overrode anything Dues made him do. But if everything Akise does is decided by Deus, then that means Deus created the scenario in which Akise created that phone to stop Deus from controlling him.
I don’t know, that whole sequence was rather bizarre and ultimately didn’t mean much in the overall scheme of things. All I do know is that I’m rather sad to see Deus leave us. I liked that guy. It’s one of Future Diary’s greatest pieces of characterisation that they made the God of Time and Space and Misshapen Turnips and All Things In Between a flawed and relatable character, incapable of keeping up with the youths of today, yet still coming up with his own schemes to outwit them.
One part I did like about the episode was the lack of theatrics over Yuki slaying the entire scooby gang. That’s generally been a point in Future Diary’s favour. It never kills them off for dramatic effect or shock value. It’s never “oh, so you like this character then? Well ha, how do you like this, they’re dead now!”. They get picked off when the time is right for them to leave in the story. It doesn’t resurrect characters for the sake of it. It doesn’t kill characters off arbitrarily. It recognises that, in this point in the story, the only ones we still need are Yuki and Yuno.
Thing is, Future Dairy has probably been a bit too efficient in that regard. I said that the show needed only Yuki and Yuno alive at this point in the story (well, and Murmur too, whatever she’s up to), but I honestly have no idea what the story is planning to do at this point. There’s apparently 4 episodes left. There’s nobody left! This is where all my blogging skills dry up because I have never covered a series this crazy.
Future Diary is fucking insane. It’s always been batshit crazy, but these latest episodes have taken it to a height that even Code Geass would struggle to see without binoculars, and the likes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Akira are staring just below them in fear at the sight of Yuno with a crazed grin is charging up behind them, determined to reach the top of the pure fucked up insanity mountain. What the fuck is Yuno anyway? Is there a second Yuno that she kept tied up in her basement? Is the schizophrenic and it turns out there are two Yuno’s within her body, both of them completely obsessed with Yuki? Also if Yuki can’t revive the dead, then what is he going to be able to do with this world that has basically just been hit by the apocalypse? And what the hell does Murmur have planned, and what did Deus do all this for that he had to work against Murmur?
All those manga readers out there are probably laughing their heads off, having gone through this same thing back when it occurred in non-movable format. There’s 4 episodes left though! What…I mean, how…but then…fuck me, I love this show.